Who are the Half Century Trojans?

Half Century Trojans are a vibrant community that includes all USC alumni (including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree alumni) who earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university at least 50 years ago. As caretakers of USC history and tradition, Half Century Trojans are uniquely positioned to promote the Trojan Spirit and to strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni across generations.

The organization offers all senior USC alumni a variety of programs designed to stimulate university-related interest, participation and engagement. Annual signature events include Going Back to College Day in the winter and the Half Century Trojans Luncheon in the fall.

In the interest of protecting our community, the USC Alumni Association will continue to follow all directives from the University, and local and federal government. Therefore, as the 2020 USC Commencement in-person activities will not take place this year, the annual USC Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession will be cancelled as well. We look forward to happier, safer times when we can gather together again to celebrate the resilience of our Trojan Family. Until then, be well, take care of each other and Fight On!

USC Alumni Association

Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day

On February 6, Half Century Trojans returned to campus for the day to relive their college experience, reconnect with former classmates and rekindle the Trojan Spirit. Attendees enjoyed presentations from top USC faculty on a wide range of topics, including the science of happiness, human emotion in artificial intelligence and the stem cell revolution.

Check out the photo album from a day to remember on our Flickr page!


2020 Going Back to College Day Schedule

Check-In / Breakfast 


Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08
Associate Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations

Workshops | Tutor Campus Center


The Science of Happiness
John Monterosso
Associate professor of psychology; faculty member, Brain and Creativity Institute; director, Addiction & Self-Control Lab: deputy director, neuroscience undergraduate program, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


The Stem Cell Revolution: Future Therapies for Bones Diseases
Amy Merrill PhD ’05
Associate professor of biomedical sciences, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and Keck School of Medicine of USC; faculty member, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Sustainability, Climate Change and the Oceans of Tomorrow
David Hutchins
Professor of biological sciences, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Fact or Fiction: Human Emotion in Artificial Intelligence
Jonathan Gratch
Research professor of computer science and psychology, USC Viterbi School of Engineering; director for virtual humans research, USC Institute of Creative Technologies; co-director, USC Computational Emotion Group


Denise Kwok MS ’02, PhD ’04
Director, Student-Athlete Academic Services

 Optional After-School Campus Walking Tour 

Tour the new Iovine and Young Hall, home of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Wear comfortable shoes!

Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession

In the interest of protecting our community, the USC Alumni Association will continue to follow all directives from the University, and local and federal government. Therefore, as the 2020 USC Commencement in-person activities will not take place this year, the annual USC Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession will be cancelled as well. We look forward to happier, safer times when we can gather together again to celebrate the resilience of our Trojan Family. Until then, be well, take care of each other and Fight On!

Check out our USCAA Flickr page to view photos from the 2019 Commencement Procession.

Hall of Fame Luncheon 2019

On November 13, the USC Alumni Association recognized five remarkable individuals, each of whom exemplify the ideals of the Trojan Family and who have had a significant impact on the fields of business, medicine, architecture and art, respectively. We also presented the Distinguished Service Award to a dedicated Half Century Trojans board member Jim Childs ’61.

Please enjoy the event photos here.  Thank you for attending and showing your support.

2019 Hall of Fame Honorees

Byron “Red” Cavaney  ’64

Retired and Immediate Past Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

John House ’64, MD ’67

President of the House Research Institute and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC


David C. Martin ’66

Design Principal of Los Angeles-based firm A.C. Martin Partners


Faith Zink Porter ’64, MA ’66

Member, USC School of Fine Arts Board of Councilors

2019 Distinguished Service Award


Jim Childs ’61

Past President, Half Century Trojans

Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors for their incredible support!


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The Half Century Trojan Scholarship Program

A merit-based scholarship, the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. Your gift will help ensure that a USC education remains within reach for the children and grandchildren of alumni who want to make USC a family tradition. Currently 20 $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Contact the USC Dornsife Office of Advancement by calling (213) 740-4990 or visit dornsife.usc.edu/giving to make a donation.


The scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. These scholarships can be renewed for the remainder of the recipient’s undergraduate career at USC, based on continued strong academic performance. Scholarship recipients must meet the academic standards adopted by the Half Century Trojans Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients may pursue any academic major in any USC school.

To learn more about the application process, email tanyamor@usc.edu or hctrojans@usc.edu or call 213.740.2300 for more information.


The Selection Process

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Half Century Trojans Selection Committee. Applicants should provide evidence of academic achievement, leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, work experience and a commitment to community service.



Support for the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship Fund can be provided in a variety of forms, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate or other assets. Contributions can also be made through wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, or any combination of these devices. Whatever its structure, each gift to the scholarship fund benefits talented students at USC.

To make a gift directly online, please see below Give Now button:

Giving Website

If send contribution via check, please complete and mail  this form  along with a check made out to the USC Half Century Trojan Scholarship, to the following address:

USC Half Century Trojans Scholarship Fund
Epstein Family Alumni Center
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106


Words of Appreciation

“I am entering my sophomore year as a Dornsife student majoring in Narrative Studies. I’m ecstatic to embark on my second year as a member of both the Trojan Marching Band and the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. I am extremely proud to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather (USC Class of ’49), and I am so humbled by the support of the Half Century Trojans who not only celebrate my family’s Trojan past, but are actively nurturing my future.”
—Jordan Evans, Class of 2022 (Dornsife)

“I am a junior majoring in business administration with emphasis in real estate finance. I am directly connected to USC through my great-grandmother, Thelma Estes Brown, as well as indirectly through my parents who are diehard Trojans and always took me to USC football games growing up. The HCT Scholarship means an incredible amount to me, and I fully intend to pay it forward! The HCT Scholarship will help to alleviate some of the financial burden on my family and allow me to better pursue my many passions, for which I am extremely grateful.”
—Grant Uberstine, Class of 2021 (Marshall)

“I am a junior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in music studies in classical piano. Since joining the Trojan Family, I have formed a student volunteer organization called Medicinal Music Makers. The organization’s goal is to perform and 3D-print musical instruments for its patients, their families and hospital staff. I sincerely appreciate the financial support and recognition of the HCT Scholarship toward my goal to attend medical school and become a doctor.”
—Valerie Narumi, Class of 2021 (Dornsife)

“I am a junior majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and also currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Global Medicine. I come from a long line of Trojans—my great-grandfather graduated from USC in 1923; both of my grandparents met at USC and graduated in 1951; and I have two uncles who graduated from USC in the ’70s. As a transfer student, I am incredibly humbled and grateful to have been chosen for the HCT Scholarship, and I feel so lucky to be at such an amazing institution which has quickly grown to be my home.”
—Marissa Anderson, Class of 2021 (Keck)

“I am a junior studying business and economics at USC. My Trojan connection is through my grandfather, Edward “Ted” May, who received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC in 1955, as well as his master’s degree in science and engineering in 1967. The HCT Scholarship has truly helped create a ‘Trojan Family,’ as my earning it has allowed my parents to afford sending my younger sister to USC as well—she is beginning her Trojan journey this fall.”
—Nick Basch, Class of 2021 (Marshall)


Executive Committee Officers
Robert A. Frinier ’63, MBA ’69, President
Janet Harris Tonkovich ’64, President-Elect
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, Past-President
Patricia “Patti” Chan Poon ’65, Recording Secretary
Trish Foley Vick ’67, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee Chairs
Jay Vari Berger ’66, Ambassador Communication
Neil B. Martin ’64, Bylaws and Policy
Robert Padgett MD ’67, History Committee
Hugh Helm ’62, Scholarship Committee
Robert Brockmeier ’63, Signature Events
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65, Special Events Committee
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, Nominations Committee
Trish Foley Vick ’67,  Awards Committee

Paul Alwine ’62
Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66
Dee Dee Moffat Freeman Brewer ’61
Karen Mazepink Davison ’68
Sharon Monahan DeBriere ’55
Candy Allen Duncan ’52
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65
Sue Masi Femino ’61
Miller Fong ’64
Donald K. Garner ’66
Karen Weston Hackett ’68
Tommy Kuenster ’57
Violet Albarian Lorenzen ’51
Jim Manos ’54
Mary Kotsikos Manos ’58
Katherine Mosley Moore ’55
Bob Padgett ’67
Wilma Pinder ’62
Derald Sidler ’67
Charla Tindall ’67
Marilyn McLarnan Thomas ’63
Joan Proulx Torribio ’64
Doug Yarrow ’68
Candy Yee ’68

Past Presidents
Daniel Cassidy ’59
Jim Childs ’61
Jim Maddux ’56
Abe Somer ’59, JD ’62

Presidents Emeriti
Former Half Century Trojan presidents who faithfully served our alumni group for more than five years after their presidential tenure.
Dann V. Angeloff ’58
Jea Morf Baran ’48
Seymour Canter ’55
Edsel Curry ’48
Janet Ewart Eddy ’53
Jim Eddy ’52
Millie Carmen Farnsworth ’46
Terry Pearson ’53
Lorna Young Reed ’58
Albert D. Shonk ’54

University Advisor 
Tanya Moran
Associate Director, Generational Programs
USC Alumni Association

How do I get involved?

There is no formal registration process to become a Half Century Trojan. All USC-degreed alumni automatically become Half Century Trojans once they reach the 50-year anniversary of receiving their undergraduate degree. For more information on becoming involved with Half Century Trojans, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 or e-mail.


Can I contribute to Scholarships?

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers scholarships of $10,000 each to a number of direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. The scholarships, open only to continuing USC students, are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. For more information, please contact the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at (213) 740-5930 or click here.

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